Have you taken time to notice the beauty around you? #solopreneur

By Anita Hunt

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be still. Woodpeckers


My question for you today is – have you taken a moment to notice the beauty around you?

As the work piles up, the list of never ending chores can feel overwhelming, it can be easy to get lost in always having to do something.

With my work, a part of my brief is helping people to be still and notice the joy moments in life. For constantly busy people with a full time table, being still can be incredibly hard; at the back of your mind you know it’s important, but the steps to achieving this can feel outside your reach. We can be so target focused that we can lose a sense of who we are, and as days melt into one another we can forget who we are without the work label attached.

Are you weary? Do you need a time-out?

A couple of days ago, I had a joy appointment. Yes, I had plenty to do, but I knew it was time to be still and to be quiet so I could reflect. As I sat in the garden with my camera in one hand, my journals and Bible in another, I listened. There was no particular reason, I just wanted to be surrounded by nature, and let my weary soul find refreshment.

For the afternoon I was blessed with a joy moment that will be etched into my mind and heart forever. I watched in the corner of my garden a woodpecker fledgling take it’s first flight, and peered into the private world of it being fed by its mum; learning how to feed for itself upon my peanut feeder.


The fledgling danced in the blue sky, flitting from tree to tree, soaring into the bright sunlight with joy. Joy was the only word you could describe it; freedom with joy on the wing.

In between focusing my camera lens on these delightful birds, I closed my eyes and blocked out the nagging thoughts from my mind. I released all the things that had been bothering me, the failures, and the weariness that had been sitting heavily on my heart. The breeze touched my face and ruffled my hair, as the Light tenderly grazed my cheek with a kiss.

There before me was Beauty. The world stopped revolving on its axis, just me and Him.

‘You have filled me with joy,and happiness has risen in my heart, great delight and unrivaled joy, even more than when bread abounds and wine flows freely.’
Psalm 4:7 The Voice

I imagined I was like this newly fledged woodpecker, fresh from the nest. He wasn’t aware of the dangers of the world; he wasn’t worried where his next feeding would come from. He only knew joy, as the wind caught beneath his wings as he sung his heart out.

I invite you to set aside time and notice the beauty around you.

Let joy from a ‘be still’ moment, refresh your weary soul.




The Voice:  Scripture taken from The Voice™. Copyright © 2008 by Ecclesia Bible Society. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Anita Hunt

Anita is a Christian writer and pastoral worker, running Scattering the Stones Ministry.and Postcards of Hope in God. Her heart is to share God's love and His message of hope, particularly with those who are hurting. Anita loves to record the beauty of nature through her camera lens, She is also a children’s author, running an anti-bullying campaign to encourage children who are being bullied, to tell someone.

Lovely photo (and post) Anita. I love how the mum is showing her little one how to feed and be self sufficient :)

    Hi Sarah,

    Many thanks for your comment. It was a very special moment that I will always remember :)

How wonderful Anita, I so treasure moments like that and you’ve captured them beautifully. I like to sit on the doorstep first thing having my morning coffee and at this time of year the swallows nest is a hive of activity, I love watching their family come to life.

    Hi Jackie,

    Thanks so much for your comment. They are wonderful moments aren’t they :) I love swallows – beautiful.

Hi Anita

Being up just under the roof tops currently, 4 stories high, I’ve noticed I’m much more aware of the local bird (feathered kind…) activity than when we lived at ground level – there we had a big willow tree in our back garden and most of the entertainment was provided by the squirrels. Here I especially notice the swifts as they carve huge arcs out of the sky and seem to sweep down the terrace, particularly just before dusk.

Helps me put a totally different perspective on my place in the universe – and we’re only three houses away from where we lived before!

    Hi Linda,

    Thanks so much for your comment :) It’s wonderful how a new perspective gives us new appreciation for things we may not necessarily have noticed before. It’s lovely to watch swifts carve huge arcs out of the sky, takes my breath away with delight :)

Wow – what beautiful birds! You’re so lucky to have them in your garden, Anita :-) We have lots of different birds in the garden, but nothing as exotic as your woodpeckers.

    Hi Angela,

    Thanks so much for your comment :)

    We are so blessed by the beauty of wildlife that share their lives with us :)

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